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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Apr 16, 2011 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm such a geek

If you have to go see if you have it, because you don't automatically know that you have it, what does that say about your relationship to your collection? I'm not having a go at you, because I've found myself in that situation too. I do worry that it's all too easy to become a musical stamp collector, just grabbing and mounting shows in a digital album that becomes so full that you never really appreciate what you've got.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Apr 16, 2011 6:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm such a geek

Amen.
I think the upcoming Europe box is an example. How could any one digest all that unless your going to stay in 1972 for the next several years?
I'm 100% guilty of wanting to hear everything available.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Apr 16, 2011 8:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm such a geek

Correction: "your" should have been "you're". I had a couple of tequilas at a Mex. restaurant before.

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Apr 17, 2011 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm such a geek

Well, I spent the past 3 months listening to June 1976 through Septmber 1976, and it was very enjoyable. It lends a real intimate familiarity with a particular period, and a sensitivity to different song versions. I encourage you to try it out--as others have stated it's a lot easier when you're dealing with one of the band's "Good" periods.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Apr 16, 2011 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm such a geek

I'm fully aware that I have nowhere hear enough intimacy with my collection to know what I have at any given moment. I suppose complete geekdom would entail not only knowing just what I have, all the shows, all the outtakes, all those that are Matrices, Audience copies, Soundboards, etc, but also the order of which breakouts, which perfect versions of which Terrapins, etc. happened when. I think that part of that is that it's just not how my brain works. I'm not one who remembers the particular quote from the particular show, or that sort of thing.

For that matter, I know that my full music collection, at well over 1.4Tb would play in succession linearly somewhere in the range of 5 years from start to finish. I know that I don't have the time, the inclination, nor the wherewithal to listen to everything that I have. I have a desire to download whatever I find that strikes my fancy, and to file it where it goes. It gives me a sense of satisfaction just knowing that if I want it, when I want it, it is there. If I know that there's someone who loves, for example, very early Kinks music (which is great, but not something I would choose often, I know that I have it for them).

This is the wonder of my own personal digital archive. I don't download everything that I find, from everyone that I see. I just get what I think strikes my fancy.

For example, I've grabbed the whole of the Purple Chick remasters. If you haven't seen these, find them, grab them, and love them. There's some amazing Beatles, Beach Boys, etc. lovingly remastered. And, it's free.

This post was modified by staggerleib on 2011-04-16 21:59:33

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 16, 2011 7:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm such a geek

Do you realize what a great slip of the keystroke this was?

"I'm fully aware that I have nowhere hear enough intimacy with my collection..."

"hear" instead of "near", but "hear" is soooo right...

I have avoided it, but only by being so era restricted. And also by avoiding all but the best sounding shows of my era.

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Apr 16, 2011 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm such a geek

Great argument--I find myself guilty of it more often than I like. This internet shit isn't like the old days when you waited two weeks for five shows and then played them over and over for a month straight until more tapes came through!

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